History DisproportionateRetribution / ComicBooks

14th Jan '18 2:46:11 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' runs on this. While Frank Castle had every right to be pissed about his family being accidentally killed by the Avengers and the X-Men, he still went overboard by indiscriminately killing every superhuman on the planet at the behest of an organization of people unintentionally harmed by superheroes who stubbornly keep on believing that the heroes harmed them on purpose. A fair number of the heroes Castle slaughtered without remorse had loved ones of their own and did their best to avoid civilian casualties.
13th Jan '18 2:24:23 AM lillolillo
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* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'': In [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] that launched the ComicBook/{{New 52}} universe, Mr. Mxyzptlk is a 5th Dimension imp who works as the Court Jester for the land of Zrfff. He entertains the kingdom by annoying the heroes of several worlds, including Superman, and letting Zrfff watch. Enraged with jealously over Mxyzptlk's popularity and success, the kingdom's other jester, Vyndktvx, decided to uses his powers to secretly make Superman's life a living hell before eventually killing him, even assembling an "Anti-Superman Army" -- and do it all before Superman ever met Mxyzptlk in the first place. Of course, Superman has no idea who he is, but Vyndktvx holds him responsible for Mxyzptlk's success because the kingdom really liked how he was the only hero to best Mxyzptlk.



* In the Silver Age, ComicBook/LexLuthor's lifetime animosity to {{Comicbook/Superman}} was triggered by ComicBook/{{Superboy}} saving Lex from a laboratory fire. During the rescue Lex got some chemicals spilled on him that ''made him go bald!'' Later retellings of the origin have given Lex different reasons to hate Superman, usually having to do with Lex not being able to stand being inferior to him. Wanting a man dead just ''for being there'' might be one of the most disproportionate retributions on here.
** In ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' he breaks off his engagement and relationship to ComicBook/LoisLane in order to devote his entire life to beating Superman because....The deformed clone of Superman beat him in Chess! This is particularly hilarious because earlier he had explicitly stated "I have no doubts that [Superman] and I would get along if we had been born in the same country."

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* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'', the enmity between Supergirl and Reactron was born because the latter got hired to assassinate the former, and Supergirl had the gall to fight back and wreck his radiation-containment suit. During the ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' debacle Reactron doggedly and obsessively attempted to kill her, murdered her parents and volunteered to become a human bomb which blew her planet up and wiped out her race. He hated a teenager girl and did his best to ruin her life because she didn't let him kill her.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', the titular character kills a man because he shouts aloud. She hates loud people (and is backwards).
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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In the Silver Age, Pre-Crisis era, ComicBook/LexLuthor's lifetime animosity to {{Comicbook/Superman}} Superman was triggered by ComicBook/{{Superboy}} saving Lex from a laboratory fire. During the rescue Lex got some chemicals spilled on him that ''made him go bald!'' Later retellings of the origin have given Lex different He has more reasons to hate Superman, usually having to do with such like an important experiment being destroying during the lab fire, and Lex not being able to stand being inferior to him. Wanting a man dead just ''for being there'' might be one of the most disproportionate retributions on here.
** In ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' he breaks off his engagement and relationship to ComicBook/LoisLane in order to devote his entire life to beating Superman because....The the deformed clone of Superman beat him in Chess! This is particularly hilarious because earlier he had explicitly stated "I have no doubts that [Superman] and I would get along if we had been born in the same country."



** The [[ComicBook/BruceWayneFugitive Bruce Wayne: Murderer and Bruce Wayne: Fugitive]] storylines? Bruce protested Lex's presidency by cancelling his defense contracts with the government. In return, Luthor arranges David Cain to frame Bruce for murder. Turns out that he chose the one guy who knew Bruce was Bats and he used it to fuck with everyone.
*** Bruce gets the bastard back at the end of the first Superman/Batman storyline by having Talia Al Ghul sell every last bit of Lexcorp to Wayne Enterprises.
*** Said assassin's main motivation for agreeing to the job and handling it the way he did? Mostly petty jealousy since [[spoiler:his daughter Cassandra liked Bruce more than him.]]

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** The [[ComicBook/BruceWayneFugitive Bruce Wayne: Murderer and Bruce Wayne: Fugitive]] storylines? Bruce protested Lex's presidency by cancelling his defense contracts with the government. In return, Luthor arranges David Cain to frame Bruce for murder. Turns out that he chose the one guy who knew Bruce was Bats and he used it to fuck with everyone.
*** Bruce gets the bastard back at the end of the first Superman/Batman storyline by having Talia Al Ghul sell every last bit of Lexcorp to Wayne Enterprises.
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everyone. Said assassin's main motivation for agreeing to the job and handling it the way he did? Mostly petty jealousy since [[spoiler:his daughter Cassandra liked Bruce more than him.]]]]
** In ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics'', Mr. Mxyzptlk is a 5th Dimension imp who works as the Court Jester for the land of Zrfff. He entertains the kingdom by annoying the heroes of several worlds, including Superman, and letting Zrfff watch. Enraged with jealously over Mxyzptlk's popularity and success, the kingdom's other jester, Vyndktvx, decided to uses his powers to secretly make Superman's life a living hell before eventually killing him, even assembling an "Anti-Superman Army" -- and do it all before Superman ever met Mxyzptlk in the first place. Of course, Superman has no idea who he is, but Vyndktvx holds him responsible for Mxyzptlk's success because the kingdom really liked how he was the only hero to best Mxyzptlk.
27th Aug '17 12:51:54 AM Doug86
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* DoctorDoom's grudge against Reed Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' reflects this trope. In this case, however, the yearned-for retribution is ''really'' disproportionate, in that Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for; Doom blames Reed for causing the accident which disfigured him, whereas all Reed did was bring to Doom's attention flaws in his calculations which had the potential for disaster if they weren't fixed. Doom went ahead with the experiment anyway, and when disaster happened as Reed predicted, Doom's ego couldn't let him admit fault and that Reed, in identifying Doom's error, was smarter than him. In response, he has attempted to kill Reed and his family on numerous occasions, and at one point possessed his daughter and trapped his son in Hell.

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* DoctorDoom's ComicBook/DoctorDoom's grudge against Reed Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' reflects this trope. In this case, however, the yearned-for retribution is ''really'' disproportionate, in that Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for; Doom blames Reed for causing the accident which disfigured him, whereas all Reed did was bring to Doom's attention flaws in his calculations which had the potential for disaster if they weren't fixed. Doom went ahead with the experiment anyway, and when disaster happened as Reed predicted, Doom's ego couldn't let him admit fault and that Reed, in identifying Doom's error, was smarter than him. In response, he has attempted to kill Reed and his family on numerous occasions, and at one point possessed his daughter and trapped his son in Hell.
23rd Jun '17 12:09:52 PM SullenFrog
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* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars]] ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', [[BigBad Darth Krayt]] orders the [[FinalSolution genocide]] of the Mon Calamari species in retaliation for their senator leaking information which allowed the Galactic Alliance to steal a prototype Star Destroyer that was being built in the Mon Calamari shipyards. Even some of Kraytís fellow Sith find this excessive.

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* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars]] ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', [[BigBad Darth Krayt]] orders the [[FinalSolution genocide]] of the Mon Calamari species in retaliation for their senator leaking information which allowed the Galactic Alliance to steal theft of a prototype Star Destroyer that was being built in the Mon Calamari shipyards. shipyards above their home planet. Even some of Kraytís his fellow Sith find this excessive.
23rd Jun '17 12:08:13 PM SullenFrog
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* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars]] ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', [[BigBad Darth Krayt]] orders the [[FinalSolution genocide]] of the Mon Calamari species in retaliation for their senator leaking information which allowed the Galactic Alliance to steal a prototype Star Destroyer that was being built in the Mon Calamari shipyards. Even some of Kraytís fellow Sith find this excessive.
4th Jun '17 4:31:53 PM Prinzenick
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* In one of the [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatClassic 1950's Felix the Cat comic books]] (Felix The Cat #54), the story "A Fishy Official" has Felix get a job at a Census Bureau to count how many fish are in the ocean. He uses a submarine and film to estimate a count of 2,000,000,000 fish and reports the info back to his bossówho has just come back from fishing with six hanging from his hand. His boss immediately fires Felix for inefficiency.
12th Apr '17 4:55:52 PM comicwriter
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* Doctor Doom's grudge against Reed Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' reflects this trope. In this case, however, the yearned-for retribution is ''really'' disproportionate, in that Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for; Doom blames Reed for causing the accident which disfigured him, whereas all Reed did was bring to Doom's attention flaws in his calculations which had the potential for disaster if they weren't fixed. Doom went ahead with the experiment anyway, and when disaster happened as Reed predicted, Doom's ego couldn't let him admit fault and that Reed, in identifying Doom's error, was smarter than him. In response, he has attempted to kill Reed and his family on numerous occasions, and at one point possessed his daughter and trapped his son in Hell.

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* Doctor Doom's DoctorDoom's grudge against Reed Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' reflects this trope. In this case, however, the yearned-for retribution is ''really'' disproportionate, in that Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for; Doom blames Reed for causing the accident which disfigured him, whereas all Reed did was bring to Doom's attention flaws in his calculations which had the potential for disaster if they weren't fixed. Doom went ahead with the experiment anyway, and when disaster happened as Reed predicted, Doom's ego couldn't let him admit fault and that Reed, in identifying Doom's error, was smarter than him. In response, he has attempted to kill Reed and his family on numerous occasions, and at one point possessed his daughter and trapped his son in Hell.
27th Jan '17 4:17:14 AM luiz4200
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* ''Comicbook/LaffALympics'': In "The Discount of Monty Cristo", while buying a car, Dread Baron threatens to return it if the radio isn't tuned to his favorite station.
8th Jan '17 2:10:46 PM nombretomado
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** In the UltimateMarvel universe, Doom has even less reason to blame Reed for his problems, as he was the one who, after being ''told'' not to, reprogrammed the coordinates for the transporter due to his egotistical belief that he knew better than the man who created the machine, transforming himself into a creature of living metal. This version of Doom... just say he has issues even beyond the Reed Richards issue.

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** In the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, Doom has even less reason to blame Reed for his problems, as he was the one who, after being ''told'' not to, reprogrammed the coordinates for the transporter due to his egotistical belief that he knew better than the man who created the machine, transforming himself into a creature of living metal. This version of Doom... just say he has issues even beyond the Reed Richards issue.
21st Dec '16 7:15:48 PM Lloigor
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* [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/9/95848/1790556-jokersasylum_penguin_pg012_13.jpg One]] of the ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Tales of Arkham]]'' comics features The Penguin, and uses this to explain why a criminal like him belongs in Arkham despite his relatively sane methods and motives. In the story, after a chef is seen laughing in the Penguin's general direction while he is eating dinner: "Maybe it was just a coincidence that the chef laughed while looking in the Penguin's direction. Maybe he just happened to think of something funny, some joke he'd heard the other day, while glancing around the room. Maybe there was nothing malicious about it at all. But in the end... it really didn't matter. And so they ate their dinner, and enjoyed their evening, and the Penguin never said a word about the chef who'd laughed. But a few days later, that building had a new owner, and the restaurant was forced to close, its employees all fired. And the day after losing his job, the chef found that his girlfriend had been suddenly deported to Romania and his best friend arrested for child pornography despite his insistence that he was framed. The day after that, a new tenant moved in next door and begin blasting their stereo at all hours of the day and night. The landlord stopped taking his calls. The church he attended was closed for fumigation, after a bizarre infestation of killer bees. The park where he liked to sit and read was annexed and bulldozed. And then the chef, who was a recovering alcoholic, woke one morning to find that a 24 hour liquor store had opened across the street from his apartment. Less than two months after he'd crossed paths with the Penguin, a night janitor found the chef in a bus station restroom. He'd hanged himself."

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* [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/9/95848/1790556-jokersasylum_penguin_pg012_13.jpg One]] of the ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Tales of Arkham]]'' comics features The the Penguin, and uses this to explain why a criminal like him belongs in Arkham despite his relatively sane methods and motives. In the story, after a chef is seen laughing in the Penguin's general direction while he is eating dinner: "Maybe it was just a coincidence that the chef laughed while looking in the Penguin's direction. Maybe he just happened to think of something funny, some joke he'd heard the other day, while glancing around the room. Maybe there was nothing malicious about it at all. But in the end... it really didn't matter. And so they ate their dinner, and enjoyed their evening, and the Penguin never said a word about the chef who'd laughed. But a few days later, that building had a new owner, and the restaurant was forced to close, its employees all fired. And the day after losing his job, the chef found that his girlfriend had been suddenly deported to Romania and his best friend arrested for child pornography despite his insistence that he was framed. The day after that, a new tenant moved in next door and begin blasting their stereo at all hours of the day and night. The landlord stopped taking his calls. The church he attended was closed for fumigation, after a bizarre infestation of killer bees. The park where he liked to sit and read was annexed and bulldozed. And then the chef, who was a recovering alcoholic, woke one morning to find that a 24 hour liquor store had opened across the street from his apartment. Less than two months after he'd crossed paths with the Penguin, a night janitor found the chef in a bus station restroom. He'd hanged himself."
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